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Snapdragons in the Sun

Summer is a vase of snapdragons backlit by the morning sun. The show lasts only three or four minutes and is possible only a few days of the year, when the sun rises at a certain angle over the roof … Continue reading

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High Summer

It’s HOT in my part of Wisconsin, mid-to high 80s most days. The cicadas are going almost non-stop. Days like this always remind me of the midsummer chapter in Wind in the Willows, with cicadas being the Midwestern equivalent of … Continue reading

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The Writer Reviews Her Week

How goes the writing, you ask? Middling well, I reply. I have some nice character sketches for the Work in Progress and the outline of a plot that might even be commercial, but so far everything I’ve come up with … Continue reading

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Red, White, and Almost Blue

For about ten years I’ve been trying to get an Independence Day garden going by persuading monarda, midsummer daisies, and blue delphinium to bloom together for the Fourth of July. The monarda and daisies cooperated enthusiastically, but the delphinium either … Continue reading

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No Adjectives Need Apply

The peonies peaked early this year, and last weekend I spent half an hour trying to take a photo that did them justice. I was happy with a bud shot (I used the microphotography feature), but none of the blossom … Continue reading

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